This is actually my 50th post! I had no idea I would last this long, and I know many of you bloggers out there have said this yourselves. But it is soooo true! I was going to do a post of 50 things about me, but I won't bore you right now with that. You'll have to wait to #100! Thanks for reading as always, I really do enjoy connecting with all of you and from a runner who has no running buddies, it feels good to bounce my thoughts and ideas off of all of you...thanks a million :)
My last dozen or so runs have all been done with out me using my iPod. This is quite the step for me. When I first started exercising so long ago, I was merely walking on my treadmill. I had my husband set it up in the living room right in front of the TV. I would put on Food Network and make myself walk all the way through one 30 min episode. Walking is boring if you have never had to do it for extended periods of time. At the time though, I was just starting out. I had no stamina and I had also just quit smoking so my lung capacity for anything over 4 mph on the treadmill was non-existent. I would even put a towel right over the display board so I couldn't see how far I was going. Soon, I would up my time on there to one 30 min show then 15 mins into the next, until finally I was walking about an hour and a half. My point is, I couldn't have done it without the use of my TV. I needed the distraction, I needed to zone out. It's also funny, I trained for my first half marathon completely on that treadmill. I only ran outside once before race day! Crazy, I know...but I think I mentioned that I never had the thought cross my mind to head out doors!
Come race day, I knew I would need something to distract myself while tackling the mountains of Lake Tahoe. (yes, I went big for my first half!) My hubbs bought me an iPod and from there on out, pretty much every run I took I used my iPod. There were times where I would try to run without it, but I couldn't bare the silence. I needed the distraction. Lately though, in light of my recent run-ins, I have been heading out the door sans iPod. Often times this isn't such a big deal. I have my chatty-kathy hubbs on the bike next to me. But I don't drag him along for my shorter or medium-long runs, so I really need to pay extra attention to my surroundings.
Surprisingly, I have REALLY enjoyed not wearing my iPod. I have begun to really enjoy the rhythmic noise of my feet hitting the ground, the sound of my breathing, and paying attention to the cars whizzing by. I have also noticed that I am able to pick up my pace just a little bit more by simply listening to how I am breathing. I know for sure what my exertion level is almost intuitively, I don't have to have the constant dialogue in my head of, "I think I am going to fast, wait, you're actually going to slow - pick it up Katie!" I am able to really zone out and focus on my run...and so far, it's been wonderful.
So how about you guys, do you run with or without music? Are you constantly without music or always having to wear your iPod? Or do you go with how you're feeling that day? Right now I am just going with how I feel when I lace up my shoes and really enjoying my runs. I love running because it is my down time, it's my thinking time. Not having the same playlist constantly running through my ears really lets me relax and embrace the moments I have for running. So where are you at with your music and your runs?
I nailed my 14 miler on Monday, but I was exhausted yesterday!! I had my usual 8 on the books for Tuesday and I got out there so I wouldn't be in any more mileage deficit. It was raining, but it was also COLD! I just couldn't get warm. So the hubbs suggested I warm up on my treadmill before I head out and that was just what I needed. I did a half mile on the dreadmill and then headed out the door to finish up. It was really nice to already be warm and be able to hit the ground ready to tackle my workout. Give it a shot all you peeps that live in the cold. Even just a 1/4 mile can get your heart-rate up and the blood moving.
I have another medium long run on the books today and I am meeting the hubbs after work to get it done. This is a week for ramping up mileage and I am feeling it! I am hungry! Ah, marathon training...don't ya love it!?
Happy Hump Day peeps and Happy Running!